Jim Von Ehr (M.S. '81) was recognized by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as the 2007 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber's 51st Annual Banquet, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson on Wednesday, February 27.
After founding and leading several companies, including Altsys, Tetragon, and Renner Plaza Properties, Von Ehr founded Zyvex in 1997. He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Zyvex Instruments and Zyvex Labs, managing director of Zyvex Asia, and a managing member and chairman of the board of Zyvex Performance Materials.
He personally contributed $3.5 million to UT Dallas to establish the University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech Institute and also endowed the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology, held by the late Nobel laureate Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid.
As Bill Sproull, chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, commented in the Richardson Echo, Von Ehr's "business acumen, determination and financial support have enabled Zyvex to become the most publicized private
nanotechnology business in the world and the most highly regarded company in the field of molecular assemblers. Von Ehr is widely respected as one of the world’s top nanotechnology industry leaders."